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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

Free Trade Faults: Europeans Fear Wave of Litigation from US Firms

Free Trade Faults: Europeans Fear Wave of Litigation from US Firms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 26, 2015

With broad public resistance and a European Parliament majority against it, EU officials are rethinking their positions on the proposed free-trade agreement with Washington. Many fear investor protection rules will wreak havoc on national laws. By Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

Operation Helicopter: Could Free Money Help the Euro Zone?

Operation Helicopter: Could Free Money Help the Euro Zone?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2015

Fears that the euro zone is heading for deflation refuse to abate. Now, many economists are demanding that the European Central Bank hand out money to consumers to stimulate the economy. But would it work? By Anne Seith more... Comment ]

Greek Roulette: What Would Syriza's Victory Mean for Europe?

Greek Roulette: What Would Syriza's Victory Mean for Europe?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 05, 2015

Greek Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras has many observers across Europe scratching their heads. What does the head of the radical left party, who may become Greece's next prime minister, really want -the euro or the drachma? By Manfred Ertel and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Grexit Grumblings: Germany Open to Possible Greek Euro Zone Exit

Grexit Grumblings: Germany Open to Possible Greek Euro Zone Exit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 05, 2015

There was a time when Germany feared the consequences were Greece to leave the euro zone. Now, though, with Greek elections approaching, Chancellor Angela Merkel is willing to accept a "Grexit" should a new leftist government in Athens demand concessions. By Nikolaus Blome, Giorgos Christides, Christian Reiermann and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Reforming France: Emmanuel Macron's Impossible Mission

Reforming France: Emmanuel Macron's Impossible Mission

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2014

Thirty-six year old Economics Minister Emmanuel Macron has been tasked by French President Hollande with reforming the country. But it won't be easy. Socialists view him with suspicion and the party's left wing is already preparing for battle. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

The Greek Patient: Europe Debates Third Bailout Package for Athens

The Greek Patient: Europe Debates Third Bailout Package for Athens

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2014

Greece wants to shed the shackles of the troika, but it still hasn't fulfilled the requirements to do so. Despite this, Athens' European partners want to provide additional aid to ensure that the Greek patient makes a complete fiscal and economic recovery. By Christoph Pauly, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

The Radical Pragmatist: Donald Tusk Provides Strong Voice for Eastern Europe

The Radical Pragmatist: Donald Tusk Provides Strong Voice for Eastern Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2014

With the appointment of Donald Tusk as president of the powerful EU Council, a politician from Eastern Europe will be placed in one of Brussels' most important positions for the first time. The former Polish leader could become a key voice in the crisis with Russia. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Relations at Rock Bottom: Cracks Form in Berlin Over Russia Stance

Relations at Rock Bottom: Cracks Form in Berlin Over Russia Stance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2014

A political solution is more distant than ever in the Russia conflict, with the German government and EU having exhausted their diplomatic options. A rift may now be growing between Chancellor Merkel and her foreign minister over Berlin's tough stance against Moscow. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine

Summit of Failure: How the EU Lost Russia over Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 24, 2014

One year ago, negotations over a Ukraine association agreement with the European Union collapsed. The result has been a standoff with Russia and war in the Donbass. It was an historical failure, and one that German Chancellor Angela Merkel contributed to. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Stripping Neighbors of Money: Pressure Mounts for EU Crackdown on Tax Havens

Stripping Neighbors of Money: Pressure Mounts for EU Crackdown on Tax Havens

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2014

Corporations pay low taxes in Luxembourg. As prime minister, Jean-Claude Juncker carried partial blame for this policy. Politicians in Brussels have maneuvered to save him from the scandal, but the case has cast light on Europe's tax-dumping problem. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]